Perhaps you, like me, have read and considered the power behind Wikis, Blogging, as well as wondered what's all the HYPE about Web 2.0. Or, maybe you have considered all of the many suggestions about what the best tech tools are or wondered if the World is really going Web 2.0. It seems that many discussions on Classroom 2.0 have been lively and provide great ideas on how we, as teachers, can use web 2.0 tools with our students. I had a handle on these topics and have enjoyed my attempts to involve me and also having my students participate in using Web 2.0 tools.
As I was working at my school to try to gain "converts to Web 2.0 tools," I used the CommonCraft Show videos
. AI found several teachers who were "adamant" about not being involved in using web 2.0 tools. As a result of watching these videos, the teachers were impressed and became excited to use these tools with their students. I just watched a "CommonCraft inspired video" that shows what happens when you do the math of Web 2.0 tools: Google + Moodle+ Wiki + Blog= "Goomoodleikiog". I thought I understood what a mashup was. I've created several mashups and was pleased with my results.
When I watched the "Goomoodlekiog" video I determined the mashup concept had risen to a new height. In addition, I realized the power can come fromnot having students move from one level of Web 2.0 tool up to the next, but in finding a way to combine ideas and push learning to new limits.
This video has me now reconsidering if I am really a Web 2.0 teacher. While I thought I had a feeling for this concept, I am now thinking I have much farther to go. My goal now is to try to determine how I can help my students extend their learning and understanding farther than they have before. I hope to help them decide on ways to create and share content content understanding in new ways. Perhaps I just need some more gadgets so I can have fun in my classroom. And speaking of new gadgets, I bit the bullet and added a Snowball microphone
to my tools today - it's supposed to be one of the best in its price range for creating podcasts.
Please share your ideas on how we can encourage teachers to involve their students in a GooMoodleikiog. I'd also like to see any mashups that my fellow Classroom 2.0 teachers help create.